Input Needed for New Linn County Access Center
Planning is well underway to make a mental health access center in Linn County a reality. Access centers are a new concept in Iowa. They do not replace current service providers, but do provide immediate triage and screening, suicide assessment and safety planning, crisis stabilization and observation, subacute services, crisis psychiatric evaluations, substance abuse assessment and counseling, and care coordination and referrals.
The work group organizing the proposed Linn County access center includes representatives from Linn County government, local mental health and substance abuse service providers, health care, law enforcement and emergency services. The work group contracted for project management with RSM in Cedar Rapids.
The vision for the access center is to provide treatment for people experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis. It will help serve unmet crisis services needs for adults in our communities by providing timely and convenient 24/7 access. Hospitals, law enforcement and service providers have long identified the need for a setting more appropriate than jail or a hospital for people to receive crisis mental health and substance abuse services.
Your opinions, ideas and honest input are critical to help ensure this very important initiative is a success.
Please complete and submit the survey questions by January 4, 2019.
If you know others who may have valuable input, please forward this e-mail to them and ask for their response.
Your individual responses are confidential and no other survey participant will know who provided input. If you do not have input on a particular question, feel free to leave it blank. If you have any questions, please e-mail Scott Hauser with RSM at Scott.Hauser@rsmus.com or call 319-360-9123.